The Millenium Development Goals

What are the Millennium Development Goals?

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are the most broadly supported, comprehensive and specific development goals the world has ever agreed upon. These eight time-bound goals provide concrete, numerical benchmarks for tackling extreme poverty in its many dimensions. They include goals and targets on income poverty, hunger, maternal and child mortality, disease, inadequate shelter, gender inequality, environmental degradation and the Global Partnership for Development.

Adopted by world leaders in the year 2000 and set to be achieved by 2015, the MDGs are both global and local, tailored by each country to suit specific development needs. They provide a framework for the entire international community to work together towards a common end – making sure that human development reaches everyone, everywhere. If these goals are achieved, world poverty will be cut by half, tens of millions of lives will be saved, and billions more people will have the opportunity to benefit from the global economy.

The eight MDGs break down into 21 quantifiable targets that are measured by 60 indicators.

No alternate text on picture! - define alternate text in image properties-Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

No alternate text on picture! - define alternate text in image properties-Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education

No alternate text on picture! - define alternate text in image properties-Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women

No alternate text on picture! - define alternate text in image properties-Goal 4: Reduce child mortality

No alternate text on picture! - define alternate text in image properties-Goal 5: Improve maternal health

No alternate text on picture! - define alternate text in image properties-Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

No alternate text on picture! - define alternate text in image properties-Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability

No alternate text on picture! - define alternate text in image properties-Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development

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